Latinos and Health Disparities in Substance Abuse Treatment
This symposium will bring together analyses of substance use patterns, service utilization and outcome across large-scale data sets with substantial Latino samples: the Los Angeles County Participant Reporting System (LACPRS), a county dataset from all publicly funded substance abuse treatment programs in Los Angeles County where 52% of sample is Latino; and a national dataset, the National Treatment Improvement Evaluation Study (NTIES), a prospective study of substance abuse treatment programs across the U.S. where 11% of the sample is Latino. Both datasets include measures of service utilization and outcome that permit focused analyses with Latino samples as well comparative analyses across race/ethnic groups. In addition, the symposium will rely on qualitative data that documents substance abuse patterns among Latinos from the last six decades. In particular, this final presentation will provide a comprehensive picture of the intersection between individual characteristics and community and service factors related to use of opiates among Latinos. All papers in the symposium will address the following three questions:
(1) How do findings contribute to the evidence base relevant to substance abuse patterns, as well as increasing utilization and improving outcomes of substance abuse treatment for Latinos? ;
(2) What are implications of the findings for developing strategies to increase accessibility and effectiveness in the provision of substance abuse treatment services to Latinos?;
(3) What are implications of findings for developing strategies to tailor health and social services for Latino clients to improve substance abuse treatment outcomes?